Department of Administrative Services

Climate Action 2050 Plan

Achieving Net Zero Carbon Emissions
While Advancing Equity, Justice & Resilience

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  • Overview
  • Principles
  • Reports 
  • Timeline
  • Community Events
  • Share Your Voice

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A recent report by the United Nations suggests that the window to avoid the worst impacts of climate change is rapidly closing. To keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, the world must reduce carbon emissions at least 43% by 2030 relative to 2010.

To meet the magnitude of the climate crisis, Milwaukee County is developing a bold plan to reduce carbon emissions from county operations, while adapting to climate change. The Climate Action 2050 Plan will serve as a roadmap for Milwaukee County to:

  1. Achieve 'carbon neutrality', or zero net carbon emissions, in county operations no later than 2050
  2. Improve the resiliency of county operations and the community to climate change
  3. Align Milwaukee County's climate initiatives with its Vision to become the healthiest county in Wisconsin by achieving racial equity

Person Writing Note on WhiteboardPlanning Principles

In support of Milwaukee County's vision for achieving racial equity, and its commitment to carbon-neutral operations, the Climate Action 2050 Plan will:

  • Prioritize projects that produce co-benefits to populations who are disproportionately impacted by climate change
  • Identify and involve internal and external stakeholders
  • Align with Milwaukee County's core functions, missions and priorities
  • Leverage existing plans, initiatives and resources to build a shared commitment to climate action across county departments, community partners and the general public

The planning process will be led by clean energy consultants Energetics and Milwaukee County's Sustainability Task Force, with support from the Office of Sustainability. Other stakeholders may include but are not limited to county elected officials, administrators, and staff, as well as residents, businesses and community members.

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  • Planning Framework: This Sept. 2021 report to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors establishes guiding principles for the Climate Action 2050 Plan (CA50 Plan).
  • Kickoff Presentation: This Sept. 2022 presentation to the STF introduces planning consultant Energetics and outlines the CA50 Plan process.
  • Community Engagement Strategy: This Dec. 2022 report to the STF describes how the CA50 Plan process will engage diverse Milwaukee County stakeholders.
  • Draft Emissions Assessment: This May 2023 report to the STF provides a business-as-usual forecast of carbon emissions from county operations.
  • Draft Vulnerability Assessment: This May 2023 report to the STF projects climate hazards in Milwaukee County under different community emissions scenarios and estimates the vulnerability of county operations and residents to these hazards.
  • May 2023 Workshops: This brief presentation provides updates about the CA50 Plan process and describes ways that community members can help shape the plan.

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Planning Timeline

(Dates subject to change)

 Sep. 2022: Kickoff Meeting with Sustainability Task Force
 Dec. 2022: Community Engagement Strategy
  May 2023: Draft Vulnerability Assessment & Draft Emissions Assessment
  Sep. 2023: Draft climate action strategies
  Feb. 2024: Implementation & Monitoring Program
  Mar. 2024: Draft Climate Action 2050 Plan
  May 2024: Final Climate Action 2050 Plan
  June 2024: Present final plan to County Board

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Diverse group meeting around tableCommunity Events

During 2023, Milwaukee County will host several workshops for community members to learn about and help shape the Climate Action 2050 Plan. Click here to view a presentation from the May 2023 community workshops.

If you would like to be notified of the Climate Action 2050 Plan events, and receive general updates about Milwaukee County sustainability initiatives, please subscribe to the Office of Sustainability newsletter. 

Meetings of the Sustainability Task Force are always open to the public. Learn when the group will meet, and review its past meeting agendas and minutes, via Milwaukee County's Legislative Calendar.

Please direct any questions or concerns about the Climate Action 2050 Plan to [email protected].

Young people talking while seated around a tableShare Your Voice

Milwaukee County residents - can you spare five minutes to share how climate change impacts you? Please take this brief survey from the County's Sustainability Task Force

Milwaukee County will use the survey results to help ensure the Climate Action 2050 Plan reflects residents' diverse interests, needs and priorities.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and all responses will be kept anonymous. 

Please direct any questions or concerns about the survey to [email protected].

To begin the survey, select your preferred language:

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